haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9-pint minicask drank at home over five days, Febraury 2009. I drank it my the pint. I drank it by the Westmalle glassful. I chucked it in a beef stew. And I noticed this beer get better and better - turning from sweet-yeasty to chewy-caramel as the cask ’matured’. The body built as if it had been doing push-ups, flexing it’s new-found malt depths. Just enough caramel-sundae in the finish, just enough spun-sugar on a nutty backbone to stop it all slip-sliding away. One of the most enjoyable minicasks I’ve had.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the Thornbridge Hall Brewery, Ashford in the Water 21/02/2009
Malt aroma. Mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and a little fruity. Some bitterness and Belgian yeast flavours in a crisp and dry full malt finish.
SilkTork (5121) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dover Beer Festival. Notes on the day - Belgian yeast flavours in a muddled British cask ale with caramel notes. Unsure, but acceptable. There’s some nice flavours in this - bits of chocolate and coffee - but on the whole there’s too much going on, and it doesn’t really settle into something that I would want again. Unbalanced, muddled, no definition, with as many off flavours as there are decent flavours. Alcohol notes - plastic - are felt. Some brown malts were brewed with some Belgian yeast and some hops were thrown in without any genuine conception of how the finished beer would taste. This is fairly poor for a Thornbridge. Quite amateurish. That said, it is drinkable, but it’s just a bit disappointing.
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask - White Cliffs Beer Festival. A darkish brown with a small, loosely foamy head. Typical Belgian style aromas of an estery banana and caramel quality. A musty, yeasty flavour profile with hints of banana and some spice. Finally, a good, solid mouthfeel.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Newcastle Arms. Interesting take on a belgian ale. Pour ir murky brown, with a foam head, not much carbonation. Smell is nice belgian-style, sweet banana, fruit and yeast. Tastes sugar/golden syrup, yeast, banana, malt, pretty enjoyable and unusual for an english brewer.
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini cask at the tasting at the Rake, 17th Jan 09, with harrisoni and chriso. Loads of banana ester and caramel on the nose. Expected Belgian dubbel appearance. Very Belgian taste with a nice hazelnut finish. Decent palate, maybe a tad flat. Sensible strength compared to many Belgian ales as well.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask stillage at the Coopers Tavern, Burton. Medium brown with a foamy head and lightly fizzy, this is not especially aromatic but tastes authentically Belgian. Yeasty and boozy with hints of banana and spice.
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a mini cask at the Thornbridge tasting at The Rake. Belgian estery banana aroma. Uses a Belgian trappist yeast. Some maple sweet malts, some hop. In mouth it’s softish, toffeeish. Not hugely carbonated. Banana/nutty/hazelnut, brown ale. Caramel. Caramel bananas. Just a little flat. Some hop on finish. Interesting.